When it comes to colors, few are more perfect for a dog in both name and appearance than orange. According to color theory, it embodies energy, joy, sunshine and stimulation which, for most dogs, hits right on the nose. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that many breeds from Dogue de Bordeauxs to Vizslas are already orange and oranges themselves are also a healthy treat for your dog if served properly and in the right proportions. So if you’re looking for a great themed name that can potentially represent some aspect of both their aesthetic qualities and their personalities, going orange is easily one of the best ways you can go.
Dog Names Meaning Orange in Pop Culture
In the world of dogs and the age of adoption, human beings have been able to experience some pretty remarkable things with their newfound canine companions. There have been complete transformations, discovering hidden intelligence and talents and even just face-melting cuteness that has taken dogs from the lonesome shelter lives to the warmth of adopted homes. But few have come to light to showcase all three simultaneously, at least until Patrick and Ginger shared their story with the world.
On Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, Patrick, a 38-year-old from Los Angeles and Ginger, a 4-year-old Border Collie mix hit the stage with an incredible story that, judging by the audience’s reaction, struck a chord with most everyone in person, let alone those watching at home.
Patrick’s story isn’t an easy one to digest either. After fighting obsessive-compulsive disorder for much of his life, it eventually became so intense that he had trouble concentrating and completing basic tasks, which took a significant toll on his ability to work. Eventually, it caused him to become completely jobless forcing him to beg for both money and food, further destroying his confidence and doing little to combat his crippling state of being.
With few friends and limited income, Patrick turned to a new type of friend whose reliance on him would soon turn into a mutually beneficial relationship. When Patrick met Ginger, he knew she had been abused when he saw her constant shaking, but something about him allowed her to trust him and she came up and greeted him with a hug. It was then he knew they were meant to be. As he spent more time with her, he quickly learned that hidden under her sometimes cowering exterior was an extremely bright and talented dog, when he then taught to do numerous tricks.
By the time the duo appeared on American’s Got Talent, she was able to jump rope with him, push herself around on a stand-up scooter, dance with him, bounce around on just her two back legs, balance with all four paws on a thin rope, do three-foot aerials, jump into his arms and even hug and pose with him on stage. It was a complete transformation of both of their prior conditions, of which they couldn’t have done without each other.
The crowd and judges loved the act so much they were unanimously voted in and through to the Judges Cut round where they were eventually cut. But the national attention led to helping them attempt to begin their lives as hired performers and continue improving their lives.
Dog Name Meaning Orange Considerations
When considering which direction to go with your orange-meaning name, it’s best to put together a list of their most notable traits, such as their looks or personality (as well as their eating habits for the purposes of this exercise), as they will be the best and most appropriate points to work with.
If you want to base their name on their appearance, consider all of the objects that are in an appropriate color range. If they happen to be darker in hue and have a bit of red as well, Orangutan, Ochre and Rusty would all be good fits. For those who are a bit lighter, maybe Persimmon, Ginger, Marigold or Butternut would be more appropriate.
If you want to select a tag based on habits or tendencies, consider whether they have a favorite food (or an anecdote related to that food) such as Munster, Cheeto, Pumpkin or Yam.
Of course, you can always create multiple layers of meaning as well. If they tend to stalk their prey in the yard (or their toys or playmates for that matter), Tiger would be a good choice the same way Goldfish would be good for a dog that’s a bit dopey. For a dog that’s always getting into something strong-smelling, then Cheese, Cheddar or Tikka would all be perfectly suitable.
There are lots of ways you can go, so don’t be afraid to get creative — which is unsurprisingly also a facet of orange’s color theory.